Editor’s Note: The following is a Wittenberg Magazine edited version of the Tigers Update written by Donn Gallatin ’74 for Tiger football fans following Wittenberg’s third round playoff game against Mount Union during the Division III playoffs, Dec. 2.
Gallatin’s son, Matt ’01, played for the Tigers during his entire four years at Wittenberg, and this was his final game.
Would’ve, should’ve, could’ve, it doesn’t really matter now. The Tigers lost to Mount Union yesterday 32-15. ...
Many Wittenberg parents, students, administration, faculty, staff, alumni and Tigers fans were at the game. I would not want to try and list the people that I saw yesterday for fear of leaving someone out.
I only wished that I had more time to spend with all my family and friends that were there.
I know that most of you were there in support of Wittenberg and the Tigers, but as a parent of a player, I want to send a special “Thank You” to each of you from B.J and me for being a part of Matt’s final game at Wittenberg.
As a parent, you look at game day a little different than the normal fan. You want your team to do its best, but more importantly, you want your son to be proud of his efforts.
In Matt’s four years at Wittenberg, the Tigers have NEVER let us down, and Matt has ALWAYS made us proud. ...
I wish that all of you could truly understand how very, very special this entire football team is, especially the senior class.
As Tigers, we shall miss you all! We will miss your athletic ability. But even more we will miss your class. You have been the winningest senior class in school history on and off the field.
Your ability to carry on the Wittenberg Tigers’ tradition and uphold your responsibility as ambassadors for Wittenberg University has been impeccable. You will never be forgotten as one of the all time greatest classes in school history.
Speaking of all time Wittenberg greats, Joe Fincham is now the “official” winningest coach in Wittenberg history with a .912 winning percentage. His overall record is 52-5.
The NCAA sets a five-year minimum on coaching records, and Coach Joe just completed his fifth season. Davey [Maurer] was .842, Bull [Edwards] was .820, and Ernie Godfrey was .705. They are all in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Joe Fincham made many promises to Matt before he came to Wittenberg, and he kept every one of them. He told Matt that he would win a “ring,” and he has four NCAC Championship rings now.
Joe has not only been a coach but a teacher and a friend. He has taught our son much more than football. Thanks Joe! Donn “Gatz” Gallatin ’74
Johnson City, Tenn.